Posts in category "Figuring It Out"

Do young women have too many career choices? How choice theory may apply to educational, career and life plans

Do young women have too many career choices? How choice theory may apply to educational, career and life plans
Growing up, my mom told me, ”When I was your age, I could only choose between becoming a secretary, a teacher or a nurse. You have so many choices – the options are endless – the world is your oyster!” THIS was not helpful, and I was left befuddled.  I now realize why I was left paralyzed by... Read more »

Your Values: How they relate to decisions about your education, career and life

Your Values: How they relate to decisions about your education, career and life
In my former work as a career consultant, I met many people who were unhappy in their jobs. The NUMBER ONE reason that they were miserable was that there was a disconnect between their values and the values of the organization they worked for, the boss they reported to, or the people that surrounded them.... Read more »

Helpful Links for YOUR Quest - Websites and Ted Talks

Helpful Links for YOUR Quest - Websites and Ted Talks
In my travels through the internet, I have found several helpful links.  Here are some of my favorites: I Want Her Job. com – really cool way to research different career paths via real women http://iwantherjob.com/featured-jobs/ My Aunt Sally sent me this link from the Huffington Post. Tara Sophia Mohr explores the idea of “finding... Read more »
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What if .... you could clone yourself?

What if .... you could clone yourself?
Many years ago I heard a woman speak on the topic of career planning, and she posed a question I have always remembered. “If you could clone yourself and create 5 (your name)’s , then send each one out in the world in a different job, what would those jobs be?  You must suspend reality... Read more »

What were/are you going to do with THAT major?

What were/are you going to do with THAT major?
College Major does not necessarily equal job training or a career. If you are a college grad who majored in English, like me, you most likely will NOT end up an English teacher. Were you ever asked, or are you being asked right now, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THAT MAJOR? I am... Read more »

Practical or Idealistic? You Make The Call.

Practical or Idealistic? You Make The Call.
When the economy tanks, parents get nervous. They worry about paying a lot to send their kids to college, having their kids come out with degrees that aren’t “maketable” and then kids living in their basements until they are 30. I see parents pressuring their kids to pursue “useful” majors so that they will not end up in... Read more »
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Sit Down and Ask Yourself Some Questions

Sit Down and Ask Yourself Some Questions
Do yourself a little favor and answer these questions. Don’t sweat it out too much, just answer from your gut.  Take time to type or write them out. Get a fun journal or create a new file on your computer to store some of these exercises in. It will help you decide what you want... Read more »

Your Ideal Future Via Pinterest

Your Ideal Future Via Pinterest
Oprah would refer to this as a Vision Board, but we can call it your IDEAL FUTURE BOARD! If you are not already using Pinterest, now may be the time to start, because it is awesome, especially for you creative, visual types! (Pinterst allows you to search visual images from thousands of sources and “pin”... Read more »

"Your Personal Legend"

"Your Personal Legend"
I am re-reading the great book “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, because it is on my coffee table and is required reading for my high school freshman. It is the story of a young Spanish hepherd who encounters a wise king in his travels, and this wise king helps him discover his “Personal Legend”.  “To realize one’s Personal Legend... Read more »
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The Beginning - How this blog was born

The Beginning - How this blog was born
So, I have been contemplating for some time now how one makes decisions about one’s life, particularly if one is a girl. As for me, this was my BIG dilemma in life, from about the time I entered college with no idea of my intersts, strengths or career path, until about, well, thirty-seven. I spent... Read more »